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Charles A. Dana Category 1 Grants are supported by an endowed fund from the Dana Foundation for the purpose of attracting and retaining faculty of exceptional caliber. Grants are awarded annually to tenure-track faculty who demonstrate superior scholarship, teaching ability and university service.
 
Brett Cox
English and Communications
 
Cox has been at Norwich since 2002 where he served as Chair of the Department of English and Communications from 2011-14. He has experience teaching a wide array of courses, from first-year composition to upper-level seminars in literature, creative writing, and film. He has particular expertise in science fiction, a genre he both teaches and writes. A prolific writer, he has published essays, poems, plays, and short stories. He is the co-editor of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic, is working on a study of science fiction writer Roger Zelazny, under contract with the University of Illinois Press, and has a collection of short stories The End of All Our Exploring: Stories forthcoming with Fairwood Press.
 
Sean Kramer
Mathematics
 
Kramer began teaching at Norwich in 2013 where he regularly teaches courses at all levels for his department, including Applied Calculus, Calculus II and III, Statistical Methodology I and II, Mathematical Computation and Modeling, and Senior Seminar I and II. In addition, he has served as a summer undergraduate research mentor and mentored independent research with a number of students, including Scott LeFevre who received a scholarship to attend the MASAMU Advanced Study Institute and Workshop Series in mathematical sciences in Windhoek, Namibia in 2015 and eventually co-authored an article in Mathematics of Planet Earth. Kramer has published several papers in Chaos. He has an ongoing collaboration with marine biologists at Oregon State University and the University of Maine, resulting in articles in Marine Biology and in Marine Ecology Progress Series.
 
Matt Lutz
Architecture + Art
 
Lutz is a licensed architect and a Certified Passive House Consultant. He joined the School of Architecture + Art in 2007 and teaches courses in passive environmental design, building systems, materials and methods, intermediate and upper level design studios, and special study courses focusing on affordable, mobile solar-powered dwellings, also Lutz’s research area. He designed a portable bio-medical research station being used by scientists studying human-animal health issues in the remote Mahale Mountains of Tanzania, and a conex-container-based mobile, solar powered field-lab for ground-water analysis being used by geology researchers at Norwich University. Lutz was the faculty leader in Norwich University’s entry in Solar Decathlon 2013, and the Primary Investigator in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon grant to Norwich University.
 
Jeff Olson
Mathematics
 
Olson arrived at Norwich in 2006 and has taught courses at all levels, from first-year courses taken by non-majors to specialized upper-level courses for majors. He has also mentored a number of senior independent projects and taught the first introduction to honors course, The Scientific Method: History, Legacy, Controversy, offered by the university. Olson has published numerous articles, almost all of which are concerned with algebraic logic, which uses algebraic techniques to understand systems of symbolic logic, in journals such as Order, Algebra Universalis, and Studia Logica. His current interest is discrete dynamical systems, mathematical representations of systems that change over time, transitioning among a set of “states” according to some set of rules. One such system, called Bulgarian Solitaire, involves collecting and redistributing objects in a way that bears comparison to the board game mancala. He recently published an article, “Variants of Bulgarian Solitaire,” in Integers.
 
Tim Parker
Architecture + Art
 
Parker is the only art and architectural historian on the Architecture + Art faculty, and since his arrival at Norwich in 2012, he he has been teaching and coordinating the architectural history/theory survey courses for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Art Minor, and Art History Minor students. He also serves as Research Advisor for all MArch students. He regularly teaches the first two courses of the four-semester survey sequence in architectural history and theory, the basic art history survey course, and a newly developed course on Research Methods for seniors. Parker’s primary area of research is the interpretation of modern religious architecture. He co-edited and contributed to the book, Sanctioning Modernism: Architecture and the Making of Postwar Identities, and is currently working on an anthology, interdisciplinary in nature, that will draw from works of theology, liturgy, religious studies, philosophy, and related fields—as well as architectural history and theory.
 
Danny Sagan
Architecture + Art
 
Sagan has been teaching at Norwich since 2000 and is currently the Undergraduate Program Director for the School of Architecture + Art. He was part of the team that developed the entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. He co-taught with Professor Matt Lutz on the precursor project, the RAEV House, and was part of the team that developed the proposal that ultimately won a spot in the 2013 competition. Sagan’s research focus has been both energy-efficiency and the history of the design/build movement in architecture. Most recently Sagan has been enlarging the focus of his research and teaching to include the study and invention of architectural ornament. He is the author of articles such as, “Hey Ho Let’s Go,” published in The Design Build Studio | Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education, and contribution to Architectural Improvisation: A History of Vermont’s Design/Build Movement 1964-1977. Sagan shares a small architecture practice with his wife Alisa Dworsky that specializes in zero-net energy houses and small commercial projects.
Steve Sodergren
HIstory and Political Science
 
Sodergren is Coordinator of the Studies in War and Peace degree program at Norwich. Since joining the faculty in 2007, he has developed eight new history courses, including what has become his trademark, a Civil War “staff ride” course for Norwich students. These courses vary in topic but are experiential in nature, involving taking students to battlefields on the East Coast to conduct intensive research and analysis on site. He has published articles in Social Science Quarterly, Southern Cultures, and contributed a chapter to The Unfinished Work: New Perspectives on Civil War Veteranhood. He recently published his first book, The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865.
 
Aimee Vieira
Justice Studies and Sociology
 
Vieira has been at Norwich since 2006 and has taught a range of sociology courses, including Military Sociology, Racial and Cultural Minorities, Sociology of Religion, Culture, Conflict and Communication, and Rural Sociology. She also developed a curriculum for the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center & School under a contract with the Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI). She has been researching rural communities since the mid-1990s, with a particular focus on rural entrepreneurship, identity and household survival strategies in an array of places, including the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She is the author of “Build it & they will come: Jay Peak & the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program,” in Reinventing Rural: New Realities in an Urbanizing World; “Minority Groups and the Informal Economy: English Speakers in Quebec’s Eastern Townships” in Studies in Urbanormativity: Rural Community in Urban Society; and “Complications in Cross-Cultural Communications: Using Interpreters” in Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of COIN. She is also the author of a monograph, Being Anglophone: Language, Place & Identity in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, published in 2016.

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